There is lots of exciting craft beer news in Louisiana this morning. Let’s get started.
First, the Tin Roof Brewing Company is releasing their Blonde Ale in cans in the Baton Rouge market today. See last week’s post for pictures of the cans, and look for them in your local grocery store beginning today. They should be hitting the New Orleans and Northshore markets in early May.
Secondly, Tin Roof will also be releasing their first seasonal brew in the coming weeks. Tin Roof Watermelon Wheat will be an American style wheat brewed with real Louisiana watermelons. It will be draft only, and be available for just a few months, but it’s definitely a big step for them. I’ve never had the fortune to taste a watermelon beer, so this should be interesting. It will definitely come at a great time, given that the summer months will be upon us soon. I’m also happy to see them use real Louisiana watermelons, sticking to local ingredients in brewing their beer. This should be a refreshing summer beer, which should appeal to the masses. However, I am ready to see something with a little more bite to it from Tin Roof. I know they had a prototype of a Coffee Porter at Zapp’s International Beer Fest, which would be a good start, particularly if they could partner with a Louisiana coffee company (hint, hint). There has been talk of a black IPA as well, which would be great. But if I had to choose a style for a regular release, I would like to see them do an IPA.
Lastly is some more good news, as apparently Green Flash Brewing Company will soon begin distributing in Louisiana. Hopefully that means we will soon be able to buy beers such as Le Freak (a Belgian style IPA), West Coast IPA, Palate Wrecker, Double Stout and others in Louisiana. More details to come later, but the release will be marked by an event at The Avenue Pub in New Orleans. As I learn more, I will be sure to keep you posted.
It sure is nice to have some good craft beer news here in Louisiana.